Farfalle with Creamy Bacon Sauce

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If you need a quick and easy weeknight meal, farfalle (bowtie pasta) with bacon is the perfect option!

This creamy butterfly pasta pleaser comes together in minutes, looks elegant, and everyone will want your recipe!

Farfalle with Bacon in a bowl with a glass of wine in the back

What is Farfalle?

Farfalle is a pasta shape that looks like bow ties, but the actual Italian definition is ‘butterflies’ and both terms apply.

It’s about 3/4” to 1” long, is pinched in the center and the ends flay out, like a bowtie or wings. The edges may or may not be crimped depending on the brand.

When cooked the center of this pasta keeps a bit of extra bite or chew adding great texture to dishes.

process of adding bacon to sauce to make Farfalle with Bacon

Ingredients

FARFALLE AKA bow tie pasta is the choice here, but it’s OK to switch it for something different. Choose a medium pasta that the sauce will cling to like penne, rotini, or cavatappi.

CHEESE Ricotta and cream cheese are the base for this dish and make for a delicious sauce. Neufchatel is a lower fat version of cream cheese found in the dairy aisle as well.

BACON adds a great smoky and salt flavor to this dish. Feel free to substitute any kind of chopped cured meat for a flavor variation.

VEGGIES Add in your favorites from thick slices of mushrooms and chopped spinach to leftover asparagus.

Ingredient Tip

Garlic paste can be purchased in the produce section of the supermarket, although, it’s easy (and cheaper) to make your own. Mince some garlic, add a pinch of salt, and crush with the back of a spoon until it becomes a paste.

process of adding mixture to noodles to make Farfalle with Bacon

How to Make Creamy Farfalle

  1. Cook farfalle pasta until al dente.
  2. Cook chopped bacon until crispy. Add garlic paste, cheeses, and seasonings.
  3. Combine the bacon cheese sauce with the pasta and serve.

Farfalle with Bacon mixed up in a bowl

Tips and Timesavers

  • Use room temperature cream cheese and ricotta, it will be easier to mix and cook with.
  • Prepare all ingredients ahead of time as this dish comes together FAST!
  • Keep the bacon fat in the pan, it adds great flavor.
  • To save time, use pre-cooked real bacon bits. Pan fry them with a bit of oil to crisp and add flavor and proceed with the recipe as direcred.
  • While the pasta cooks prepare the sauce and the whole dish should be ready to serve in about 20 minutes.

Delicious Pasta Dishes

Did you make this creamy Farfalle recipe? Let us know how you liked it by leaving a comment below! 

Farfalle with Bacon plated with a spoon beside
5 from 9 votes
Review Recipe

Farfalle with Creamy Bacon Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Creamy, cheesy, and loaded with bacon, this pasta dish is sure to be loved by the whole crowd!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound farfalle pasta
  • ½ pound bacon chopped, about 7 or 8 strips
  • 2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • Parmesan cheese for serving
  • fresh parsley for garnish

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Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions adding peas for the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain well.
  • Meanwhile, add the chopped bacon to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until almost completely cooked.
  • Add the garlic paste to the bacon and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the ricotta, cream cheese, and seasonings to the bacon and stir until smooth and thick.
  • Add the bacon cheese sauce to the pasta and stir to coat.
  • Serve with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

This is a thicker sauce, not like a typical Alfredo style sauce. The sauce clings to the pasta, rather than a “saucy” sauce. For a looser sauce, add some reserved pasta water or broth.
Any short pasta like rotini, penne, or cavatappi will work well.
Garlic paste is generally found in the produce section near the herbs. However, you can make your own at home or you can substitute 3 cloves of garlic (minced).
Cutting the cream cheese into cubes before adding to the pan allows it to melt quicker.
Use room temperature cream cheese and ricotta, it will be easier to mix and cook with.
Prepare all ingredients ahead of time as this dish comes together FAST! 
To save time, use pre-cooked real bacon bits. Pan fry them with a bit of oil to crisp and add flavor and proceed with the recipe as direcred.
While the pasta cooks prepare the sauce and the whole dish should be ready to serve in just over 20 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 686, Carbohydrates: 69g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 803mg, Potassium: 477mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1099IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 161mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Bow Tie Pasta, Farfalle Pasta, Farfalle Pasta recipe, how to make Farfalle Pasta
Course Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
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Recipe adapted from LifeStyle.

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  1. Thank you for this recipe! It was a hit with my family and really easy, which I appreciate very much. ☺️ We did not think it was too thick, but you can definitely add broth to thin it out if you prefer. This one is a keeper!5 stars

  2. I have to agree with Sandi. Mine was sticky and thick.
    I needed to add 1 cup of chicken brother and 6 ounces of half and half to “loosen it up”.
    I’d like to make it again because the flavor was really good!

    I did drain the bacon grease – was this wrong?
    Maybe it should have been 8 ounces of farfalle, not 16?

    Looking forward to Holly helping us out with what I might have done wrong. :)

    1. Ally, this type of pasta is a thicker sauce that clings to the pasta, not like a typical Alfredo style sauce. The ricotta and cream cheese are thicker cheeses and the ricotta doesn’t really melt. The sauce clings to the pasta, rather than a “saucy” sauce. If you’d like a looser sauce, adding pasta water or broth will be a good option. Sounds like you did it all right!

  3. This dish was delicious but I mine got dried up/out very quickly after putting it on the table. Does that happen or did I do something wrong? I was still delicious and I ate a ton, but when my husband comes home from work in the morning I’m thinking I’m going to have to add some milk or half & half to moisten it back up? Great recipe though, thank you!5 stars

  4. Hi Holly

    I have to say you have the most delicious recipes and I look forward to your daily recipes. My husband loves Farfalle pasta so this will be a hit at our house. Thank you for ringing great recipes to us.